Browne Family Vineyards 2013 Petit Verdot, Columbia Valley, $35

For the second straight vintage, veteran Walla Walla winemaker John Freeman has earned our top rating for the stately Petit Verdot bottled under the name of his boss – Precept Wine CEO Andrew Browne. The work, once again, starts at Canyon Vineyard Ranch  near Prosser, Wash., followed by 22 months…

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Sawtooth Winery 2015 Classic Fly Series Grenache Rosé, Snake River Valley, $25

Rising star Meredith Smith recently was promoted to become head winemaker at Sawtooth’s big sister – Ste. Chapelle. The hope is that she will continue to produce wines of sophistication such as this Provence-style rosé for Sawtooth despite the additional responsibilities that come with taking over Idaho’s flagship property. Her…

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Pike Road Wines 2014 Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, $19

Measured growth and skilled farming have led the multi-generation Campbell family of Elk Cove Vineyards down the path to a second label project such as their Pike Road, which predictably intersects price and quality with reliability. They named it for a scenic country road in the Yamhill-Carlton American Viticultural Area,…

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Cedar River Cellars 2014 Mormor Riesling, Yakima Valley, $18

Renton, Wash., winemaker Micha Nasarow continues his work with the Miller family’s 900-acre Airfield Ranches site near Prosser, and he take an off-dry approach with this Riesling. Complex aromas of Granny Smith apple, lychee and petrol fly into an explosion of flavors that include nectarine, honey and golden raisin. Mouthwatering…

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Cadaretta 2013 Southwind Red Blend, Walla Walla Valley, $75

Wenatchee native Brian Rudin’s final vintage with the Middleton family brand in Walla Walla is marked by the debut bottling of Southwind, the first wine from the family’s Southwind Vineyard – the easternmost block within the 2,700-acre SeVein project near Milton-Freewater, Ore. It’s a Left Bank Bordeaux-style blend that leads…

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IPNC welcomes world of Pinot Noir to Oregon

Patrons enjoy a magical evening under the stars at Linfield College in McMinnville, Ore. This year is the 30th annual International Pinot Noir Celebration. (Photo courtesy of IPNC) MCMINNVILLE, Ore. – In six weeks, the wine world will descend on Oregon’s Yamhill County for the 30th annual International Pinot Noir…

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Forgeron Cellars 2013 Zinfandel, Columbia Valley, $35

Founding winemaker Marie-Eve Gilla used Zinfandel to launch her Walla Walla winery in 2001, and she takes this lot from Alder Ridge Vineyard down a deep path. The influence of Primitivo (17%) from sultry StoneTree Vineyard on the Wahluke Slope helps create aromas of black currant, blackberry, Dark Chocolate Peppermint…

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Smasne Cellars 2012 Seven Hills Vineyard Carménère, Walla Walla Valley, $44

Yakima Valley vintner Robert Smasne furthers his reputation as one of the Pacific Northwest’s leaders with Carménère, now offering two vineyard-designated examples of this red Bordeaux variety that had been lost to the world for decades. His work with one of Oregon’s most acclaimed vineyards begins with aromas of sweet…

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Primarius Winery 2014 Pinot Noir, Oregon, $15

Best Buy! Northwest Wine Academy grad Sarah Cabot enters her second decade of crafting Pinot Noir in Oregon, and this youthful and affordable release marks her first vintage for Precept at its Dundee winery. Sweet and toasty oak tones make for aromas of grilled strawberry, dark cherry, blueberry and bittersweet…

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Cairdeas Winery 2013 Consonance Red Wine Blend, Yakima Valley, $39

Lake Chelan winemaker Charlie Lybecker took Syrah (38%) and co-fermented it with Petite Sirah (38%), Mourvedre (10%), Grenache (9%) and Roussanne for a tangy and delicious Rhône blend sourced from the cradle of the Washington wine industry. Dusty plum, macerated cherries and blueberry taffy aromas are joined by coffee. Boysenberry…

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